Michelangelo by George Bull
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By George Bull


A Biography

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Michelangelo by George Bull

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Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was a sculptor, architect, and painter of genius and a poet and writer of great accomplishment. He was born in Caprese, where his father, a Florentine nobleman, was the visiting magistrate. He was apprenticed in Florence to the painter Ghirlandaio in 1488, and thereafter learned the elements of fresco technique and developed a lifelong interest in sculpture. His talent brought him to the attention of Lorenzo de' Medici and other patrons in Florence and Rome. In his lifetime he was recognized as the greatest living artist, and created a succession of masterpieces of sculpture, fresco painting, and architecture. In all his work, Michelangelo impressed his contemporaries as a forceful personality, a divine genius endowed with terribilita, or intense emotional power. Often portrayed as a solitary and austere figure, he in fact enjoyed a remarkable range of friendships, and those he loved and hated, served or resisted, are presented here, from his family and fellow artists to the popes, nobles, and rulers of Europe. In this new life of Michelangelo, George Bull places him firmly in the context of his time. He worked during three-quarters of a century of tremendous change in European society, and as an artist was supremely responsive to the hopes, fears, and values of his culture, which he both exemplified and defied.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780312187460
ISBN-10: 0312187467
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 156mm x 34mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: St. Martin's Griffin
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publish Date: 15-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Michelangelo by George Bull Michelangelo, Paperback (September 2008)

The poems have been rendered into vigorous contemporary English. A selection of Michelangelo's letters, many of them to important contemporaries such as Vasari and Duke Cosimo, is accompanied by the 'Life' of the great artist written by his pupil Ascanio Condivi.

Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by George Bull Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, Paperback (March 1999)

Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, celebrated Italian goldsmith (1500-1571), in which Cellini tells the story of his life and art and also depicts the manners and morals of both the rulers and their subjects in 16th Century Italy. This new edition includes new notes on the text and a chronology.

Lives of the Artists by George Bull Lives of the Artists, Paperback (August 1987)

Beginning with Cimabue and Giotto in the thirteenth century, this work traces the development of Italian art across three centuries to the golden epoch of Leonardo and Michelangelo. It presents great men, and their immortal works. It depicts Michelangelo's painstaking work on the Sistine Chapel, harassed by the impatient Pope Julius II.

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Author Biography - George Bull

George Bull is an Oxford-educated author and a journalist. He has been the foreign news editor of the "Financial Times." He is also a renowned translator and has written extensively on the Renaissance. He lives in London.

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